lith·​o·​phane ˈli-thə-ˌfān How to pronounce lithophane (audio)
: porcelain impressed with figures that are made distinct by transmitted light
also : an object of this material

Examples of lithophane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The backlit lithophane of a butterfly wing. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 31 Aug. 2022 All were asked to respond to specific technical questions related to each lithophane graphic to determine the accuracy of responses across all three groups. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 31 Aug. 2022

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Word History


borrowed from French, probably from litho- litho- + -phane, in diaphane diaphanous

First Known Use

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lithophane was circa 1889

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“Lithophane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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